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Historical No Confidence Motion Against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe To Be Launched - Former Minister Dullas Alahapperuma

Colombo, 23 May, (Asiantribune.com):

Former Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that they have started to collect signatures for the no confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and more than 60 parliamentarians had signed it so far.

Addressing the media at Abhayaramaya Temple in Narahenpita, Alahapperuma said that several ministers, too, signed the motion by Thursday evening.

He said the No Confidence Motion with the signatures of a majority of Members in Parliament will be handed over to the Speaker. “It will be a historical No Confidence Motion”, Alahapperuma said

Alahapperuma said that there had been 14 Prime Ministers since Independence but only two of them had faced no confidence motions. Both motions had been defeated, he said.

Wickremesinghe was the third Prime Minister to face a no confidence motion, but it would definitely be carried as the Opposition had the majority of MPs.

The main reasons for bringing in a No Confidence Motion against the Prime Minister are the Central Bank bond issue, amending the Police Ordinance enabling political interference, destruction of National Security, destruction of the economy, challenges to the Supreme Court, rapid increase in unemployment etc, the MP said.

Alahapperuma said Sri Lanka's Foreign Reserves which stood at over US $ 8.4 billion in the past has dropped to less than US $ 6 billion during the past five months. The rupee has depreciated, he said.

Addressing a press briefin, he said the relationship between the UNP and the SLFP is gradually becoming similar to that of an elephant and a wood apple.

"Some want it to be an elephant - sacred casket relationship. But it should not be like that.

There is a very clear conspiracy launched from abroad to break the backbone of the SLFP. Our struggle is not against President Maithripala Sirisena.

He said that conspiracies to divide the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, but they would fail. "We will go for the election as the UPFA under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Rajapaksa, too, will join it as the Prime Ministerial candidate," the former minister said.

The election should be held under the new system if the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was passed before the dissolution of Parliament.

Furthermore, Dulles Alahapperuma yesterday requested SLFP Ministers who were still holding portfolios to follow in the steps of the four SLFP ministers who resigned from the Government.

Parliamentarian Alahapperuma praised the four SLFP Ministers who resigned from the Government, stating they had proved the love and loyalty they had for the SLFP by taking that vital decision. “We would like to bestow our regard and esteem on them for the decision they took. Now they can work in the Opposition for the public welfare,” Alahapperuma expressed.

Alahapperuma also said that they would urge the Government to hold local government elections as soon as possible.

“The Government dissolved some local government bodies last week. Now they are trying to delay elections. If the Government is unable to hold local government elections soon, then they should have postponed the dissolution dates of the other local government bodies,” Alahapperuma emphasised.

Alahapperuma added that the SLFP could not consent to the working procedures of the Government with regard to dissolving local Government bodies.

“All SLFP MPs are of the same opinion,” Alahapperuma said.

- Asian Tribune -

Historical No Confidence Motion Against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe To Be Launched - Former Minister Dullas Alahapperuma
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